Wellness - Common Illnesses | 0-13 yrs

Children And Constipation


Constipation does not affect adults alone. In fact, it is very common in children characterised by less than three bowel movements in a week or hard stools.

Most children will experience constipation at one point or the other and often, this can become a chronic health issue for parents to deal with. Despite trying many measures, constipation might sometimes be difficult to get rid of. In such cases, what can parents do?

According to an article published in quickanddirtytips.com, some ways to treat constipation in children include:

  • Unplugging the colon by administering the child a mild laxative powder, that aids in stool discharge.
  • Maintaining proper dietary changes where certain foods are to be avoided and some new ones introduced.
  • Encouraging the child to spend more time in the restroom trying to pass stools, at frequent intervals.

Food is often an important component of constipation. WebMD advocates a high-fibre diet with plenty of fluids to ease constipation and maintain regular toilet timings.

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